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Poole has successfully bid to host European Maritime Day in 2017, joining a long list of major European maritime cities who have previously hosted this event.

The Poole Maritime Festival and European Maritime Day will be split into three sections:

* European Maritime Day (EMD) - 2 day conference including an exhibition organised on behalf of the European Commission (DG MARE), networking and delegate reception events.

* Public Festival - a variety of public events, the main focus being Poole Harbour Boat Show and Public Festival

* Business Programme - various B2B and networking events

The Business Program events comprise of:

* STEM (Monday 15th May)
Focusing on the younger community 20 young people from each of the six Poole high schools are invited to take part in an innovative challenge supported by local business leaders and academics from the marine sector. Encouraging interest in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries.

* Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry Breakfast Network (Tuesday 16th May)
Breakfast networking at Rick Stein's restaurant for members of DCCI with the keynote address by Phil Popham, CEO, Sunseeker.

* Dorset Women in Business Breakfast Network (Tuesday 16th May)
Breakfast networking at Poole Yacht Club for Dorset Women in Business with the keynote address by Sue Barnes, People and Transformation Director, RNLI.

* Federation of Small Businesses Networking event (Wednesday 17th May)
A breakfast networking event for members of the Federation of Small Businesses focusing on marine industries with the keynote address to be confirmed.

* Business Growth Day (Wednesday 17th May)
In partnership with Department of International Trade (DIT), British Marine Federation and
WSX. Business Growth Day engages 60 regional businesses with a series of workshops and talks built around encouraging business growth through import/export within regional marine industries.

* Foreign Investment Reception (Wednesday 17th May)
In partnership with DIT, a networking champagne reception for 50 invited international guests either currently engaged in, or looking for inward investment opportunities. With the keynote address from Mark Garnier MP.

The European Maritime Day will comprise of:

* Conference
This maritime themed conference and exhibition taking place at Poole Lighthouse on 18th and 19th May 2017 will attract industry leaders, policy makers including Ministers, EU Commissioners, MPs and MEPs, academics, scientists, and delegates from across Europe. The conference addresses environmental concerns, sustainability, jobs and growth, technological innovation and other key issues and creates the opportunity for Europe's maritime community to discuss, debate and advance ideas.

European Maritime Day is an internationally important two day conference created in 2008 and hosted by a different country each year. Host cities have included Brussels, Rome, Gothenburg, Athens and Bremen. Poole is proud to have been awarded this prestigious event in 2017. Being the only time this event is likely to take place in the UK, this is a unique opportunity for the UK, Dorset and Poole to exhibit our rich maritime history and relationship with the sea.

EMD Poole 2017 themes will address subjects such as marine planning; ecological concerns and the steps taken to address the issues; marine and coastal tourism; addressing the growing cruise ship industry and the impact this is having on ports; and finally innovation, manufacture & supply - looking at technological advances within the marine industry.

* European Maritime Day networking:
At Poole Library (Thursday 18th - Friday 19th May 2017), delegates to pre-book meetings with organisations of business relevance.

The Public Festival events taking place comprise of:

Bringing Poole alive with a range of family focused activities following a maritime theme (Friday 19th -
Sunday 21st May).

* Poole Harbour Boat Show
PHBS takes place within the award-winning Poole Quay Boat Haven and along Poole Quay. Public access to pontoons, events and exhibitor stalls along the Quay and marina on all three days and will be open to everybody free of charge. Free live music, entertainment and fireworks.

* 7 Seas Festival
Baiter Park will be zoned into 'sea areas' such as the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Baltic etc. Providing cultural family entertainment, food and stalls from the countries surrounding these seas within each zone. A main stage will provide music, a bar will be available and there will be funfair rides and a number of children's activities such as an ice rink. A big wheel will also feature in this area running for a 4 week period.

* Telescope
Telescope is a traveling musical theatre production that features the maritime history of Poole, as seen through the eyes of visiting 'steam-punk aliens.' It is magical, funny and highly informative.
Telescope will bring together and then feature a new Poole Performance Ensemble of local actors working with AUB students & a local choir working with local musicians.

There are two versions of this epic experience:

* As part of a dinner theatre experience for four nights at The Kitchen, Poole Park

* A travelling roadshow that visits small communities in the Borough [e.g. Ashley Cross] with a 1-hour extravaganza as part of the community festival activities

Taste of the South - a 3 day festival comprising food, drink, art, culture and heritage brought together at Poole Park to showcase with stalls, special offers and events. It will be a true celebration of the South of England, from Cornwall up to West Sussex, including children's activities and maritime themed events.This is a chance for the south coast's culinary experts, producers and chefs to showcase themselves in the pop up demonstration kitchen, as well as prominent and lesser known artists.

The Children's Flag Design Competition is designed to engage the younger members of the community we will work with teachers and local schools to run a children's flag design competition, with winning entries used to decorate the quayside and town centre. The weekend activities will promote pirate themed fancy dress with Poole Museum running pirate workshops.


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Posted 2017-02-06 12:55:02

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